The beauty here is so strong you can’t ignore it. It is however a derelict and ignored place at Clayton in north Manchester. You might think I enhanced this shot with Photoshop. I increased the saturation very slightly, sharpened it very slightly, and nothing more. The light was warm and clear and sunny.

It adds tension if I tell you about Clayton and the problems you find here. It’s not a good area which contradicts this surreal but painterly view. The flowers, which are Ragwort, make the effect. The warm orange bricks and clouds would be less effective without them.

The name Ragwort is uncomplimentary. It isn’t especially delicate or attractive and yet these are like Spanish sunflowers. This has been a good summer. Exceptional, apparently, but for me it felt normal. Constant grey and gloom is abnormal and yet typical for Britain.


Manchester Wild Flowers: The Ragwort House

Wednesday August 27, 2014